We spent a fantastic afternoon at Weymouth Sea-Life Centre Adventure Park. This is no ordinary sea-life centre, it is like an under-water mini-theme park. Look at the map it is pretty interesting:
I have to admit that I was very excited as I have never been to an aquarium before! Most of the park is outdoors (but they do have a rainy day policy), unlike most sea-life centres, it is more like a zoo, with zones spread around with a few indoor aquariums.
You can expect to see the following: penguins, seals, turtles, sharks, otters, stingrays, crabs, urchins, seahorses, jellyfish, octopuses, starfish. In fact you can even touch the star-fish, which I did, though Nate did not feel brave enough to do that. The starfish actually come from Weymouth.
There are 5 rides, a splash zone and a Lego zone, though look at the opening hours for each zone because some of them open late or close early, such as the lego zone, which closed at 4pm, and therefore we missed out, which Nate was very sad about as he loves Lego.
Ensure that you take a towel and a spare set of clothes so your child can enjoy the water play. Nate loved this, and we stayed there for about half an hour. There is a little pool with a water slide and sprinklers to run through. The water slide is small but fast, so keep an eye on younger children as they may go under the water and not be able to re-emerge by themselves. The water depth in that zone is about 2 feet. So if you have a 2 year old or younger you may want to take a towel and shorts for yourself so you can take them on the waterslide.
What I loved most about the day was watching my 3 year old boy’s eyes light up as he screamed with glee: “look mummy it’s a seahorse” as he ran from tank to tank, pointing and exclaiming. There is nothing better for a mother then seeing an excited and happy boy.
I particularly enjoyed the jellyfish as they were colourful and made me feel very calm:
The stingrays and shark were pretty exciting too, and in that zone it is a traditional aquarium tunnel with water all around you.
I liked the little touch of the passport which children can get stamped in each zone, my 3 year old really enjoyed stamping his passport, especially because each stamp was in the shape of the creature in that zone.
I would have liked us to try the water ride but we ran out of time, it was a traditional log flume and looked fun, though you would definitely get very wet.
- Postcode: DT4 7SX. The location was perfect as we were able to spend the morning on the beach, then crossover the road to the sea-life centre where we spent the afternoon. I don’t think it would take up an entire day, 3 hours was enough to cover the majority of the attractions.
- Price: This was the major let down for us, it was very expensive to buy tickets on the day. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so we don’t completely begrudge the cost, but I thought it was definitely on the expensive side, for the three of us it cost £60 this was after we used a money off voucher. The gate price is £23.50 per person over the age of 3 years old, although if we had purchased it on the website in advance it would have been reduced to £16.50 each, which is definitely more reasonable. This price does include a ticket to the sea-life tower, which is valid for 14 days, and we visited on a different day. If you are lucky enough to have a Merlin pass this is one of the attractions you can visit for free.
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